First Act: Great American Trailer Park

Published: Sep. 18, 2008 at 2:39 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2008 at 4:39 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -- City Stage is opening its new season with a show that looks at life in a southern trailer park.

The company is known for its edgy musical productions, and this show lives up to the expectations.

"Great American Trailer Park: the Musical" centers around the six residents of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida.  They are: Jeannie, the agoraphobic housewife (that means she's afraid to come out of her trailer);  Norbert, her cheating toll collector husband; Pippi, the exotic dancer who moves in next door and threatens to break up Norbert and Jeannie's marriage; and the Greek chorus of sorts, Betty, Lin and Pickles.  Throw in Pippi's cooking spray-snorting ex-boyfriend, and it's sort of like a "My Name is Earl" episode.  Set it all to music, and you've got quite a show.

"There's some rock and roll," said actor Justin Smith who plays Norbert.  "There's some disco.  There's lots of country flair to it."

"It's very southern kind of gospel," added actress Amy Tipton who plays Pippi.

With memorable characters and toe-tapping country rock music, the producers of City Stage say they couldn't have chosen a better show to kick off their season.

"It's a City Stage type of defining show," said Smith.  "This is what we like to do.  I think it pushes the envelope just a touch."

But the cast says they're not mocking the trailer park lifestyle, much.

"I think kind of a little we might be," said Tipton.  "Just a smidge, but really it's just real, normal southern people."

"There are so many identifiable things with it, and don't get me wrong, there are identifiable things that you're gonna laugh your rear end off," added Smith.  "But there's many real, true, honest moments."

Moments that are sure to touch and tickle the audience as they spend a couple hours with their new neighbors.

"Great American Trailer Park: the Musical"

  • Sept. 18-21, 26-28
  • Oct. 3-5, 9-11
  • All performances at 8:00pm except for an additional Saturday matinee on Oct. 11 at 3:00pm
  • City Stage at Level 5 in downtown Wilmington

For tickets, click here or call (910) 342-0272.